[ ruhs-it ]
/ ˈrʌs ɪt /



yellowish-brown, light-brown, or reddish-brown.
made of russet.

Origin of russet

1225–75; Middle English < Old French rousset, diminutive of rous reddish brown, red (of hair); see roux

Related forms

rus·set·ish, rus·set·y, adjectiverus·set·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for russet

British Dictionary definitions for russet


/ (ˈrʌsɪt) /


brown with a yellowish or reddish tinge
  1. a rough homespun fabric, reddish-brown in colour, formerly in use for clothing
  2. (as modifier)a russet coat
any of various apples with rough brownish-red skins
abnormal roughness on fruit, caused by parasites, pesticides, or frost


Derived Forms

russety, adjective

Word Origin for russet

C13: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French rosset, from rous, from Latin russus; related to Latin ruber red
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